A new drop-off point to return home shopping has been set up by the Post Office in Almondbury.
The new service is being offered at the One Stop shop on Fernside Avenue and aims to make it easier for customers to return items during the busy Christmas period.
The new drop off point is for home shopping customers returning orders using Royal Mail’s pre-paid returns services. It operates alongside the existing Post Office services in the village.
A spokesman said: “Through trialling this new drop off point alongside its current branches, the Post Office wants to encourage new customers to use its services by providing even greater convenience and choice as to where and when they return their orders.”
The move comes as the Post Office announced that customers will be able to send more for less when using Royal Mail at its branches this Christmas.
The maximum size for Royal Mail’s Small Parcel format almost doubled from October 20 – meaning that consumers and SMEs will be able to put bigger items, or more items,– into every small parcel they send at the Post Office by Royal Mail.
At the same time, there is a special offer running until January 18, 2015, with Royal Mail second class small parcels weighing up to 2kg costing the same at £2.80. Previously, there were separate prices for parcels up to 1kg and between 1kg and 2kg. This means a saving of £1 at Post Office branches on second class small parcels weighing between 1kg and 2kg.
Martin George, chief commercial officer for the Post Office, said: “Around one in 10 online orders are returned, so retailers need to ensure they provide a convenient, easy and reliable returns network. It’s a growing market and one in which the Post Office, through its unrivalled reach, is the market leader.”